Two were arrested Wednesday after locking themselves to excavating equipment.
According to a release, the self-proclaimed “water protectors” attempted to prevent work on an Enbridge pump station in Two Inlets.
The two arrestees are both from St. Paul, Minn.
Last week, the Minnesota DNR finished the approval of 10 permits Enbridge required to proceed with its Line 3 replacement project.
Twelve members of the Environmental Justice Advisory Group have resigned over the issuance of a permit for the pipeline project. The group has just 17 members. It is set up to advise the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on environmental justice issues.
The members are stepping down as a protest of the permit approval.
The decision by the MPCA makes it possible for construction on the controversial project to start as soon as December.